Swype is an input method for touchscreens developed by Swype Inc. Swype was first commercially available on the Samsung Omnia II (Windows Mobile).
Swype allows a user to enter a word by sliding a finger or stylus from letter to letter, lifting only between words. It uses error-correcting algorithms and a language model to guess the intended word. It also includes a tapping predictive text system in the same interface.
Swype is designed for use on touchscreen devices with a traditional QWERTY keyboard.
The software has a footprint of less than one megabyte, and as small as 500–900 kilobytes in most cases, such as on devices running the Windows Mobile operating system. Swype also has a beta version that runs on the Symbian OS platform, which takes up 3.6 MB of space.
Swype consists of three major components that contribute to its accuracy and speed: an input path analyzer, word search engine with corresponding database, and a manufacturer customizable interface.
The creators of Swype predict that users will achieve over 50 words per minute, with the CTO and founder Cliff Kushler claiming to have reached 55 words per minute. On 22 March 2010, a new Guinness World Record of 35.54...